A special practical training session for print industry lecturers and teachers was held at KBA-Sheetfed in Radebeul on 15th June. It was attended by 15 specialist teachers from 15 countries on four different continents, who had been invited to join a four-week seminar at the AZP training centre for the graphic arts in Chemnitz by the PrintPromotion organisation. The key focus was placed on solutions for unbroken printshop workflows, and one day of this seminar agenda was devoted to KBA-Sheetfed. Further visits to industry manufacturers and suppliers rounded off the programme.
After a brief introduction to the KBA Group and its wide-ranging product portfolio, KBA trainer Stefan Splett presented some of the components and automation features of the modern Rapida sheetfed offset presses. Particular mention was made of the DriveTronic dedicated drive components such as SIS (sidelay-free infeed), SPC (simultaneous plate changing) and SFC (simultaneous coating forme changing), as well as further automation solutions for fast, parallel makeready such as the job changeover program or CleanTronic washing systems. A second training block addressed inline and online variants to measure and control print quality. The participants gained interesting insights into KBA's modern sheetfed offset production facility and had ample opportunity to obtain competent answers to all their questions about KBA and about sheetfed offset technologies in general.
The whole day was characterised by intensive knowledge transfer and everyone agreed that they would be taking home valuable information on the latest trends and developments in sheetfed offset. Armed with this knowledge, they are now ideally prepared to act multipliers for print professionals back in their own countries.